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Books:Slavic Literature:Avant Garde From ZH BOOKS


Ognenata Ptitsa. Chetiri Razkaza (The Fire Bird. Four Stories)

By Minkov, Svetoslav

Sofia: Rodopi, 1927. First edition; 7 3/4 x 6; pp. 42; illustrated wraps; deckled fore-edge; a bit of rubbing to spine; faint finger smudges to first blank leaf, else minor wear; very good or better condition. Cover art by Ivan Penkov. A wonderful collection of stories by the author of the first Bulgarian sci-fi work. Svetoslav Minkov (1902 – 1966) was a writer, pioneer of Science Fiction in Bulgaria, and a leading figure in the country's Avant Garde movement, and more specifically the Bulgarian Diabolism in literature. He was also a member of Strelets (Sagittarius) - a Futurist literary circle, which opposed Symbolism and Aestheticism and was in favor of a "native literature that partakes in the values of the West." As most of his co-members, Minkov had spent time in Germany where he had met and was immensely influenced by Austrian author Gustav Mayrink (Minkov would later translate Mayrink into Bulgarian). He also drew inspiration from Edgar Allan Poe's works. The original stories in the current book included: "Ognenata Ptitsa" (The Fire Bird), "Az i Nepoznatiiat" (I and the Stranger), "Talisman" (Talisman), and "Chovekut v Noshta" (The Man in the Night). The cover art of the book was created by Ivan Penkov (1897 - 1957) - a Bulgarian graphic artist born in Kazanlak, painter, and one of the most prominent names in the Native Art Movement in Bulgaria in the 1920s and 1930s. This movement, resembling the Russian Mir Iskusstva, and the artists in it, would greatly influence and become closely involved with the above-mentioned literary circle Strelets. Fragile and uncommon publication with OCLC listing one copy at Harvard.


Chernyi Iar

By Gumilevskii, Lev

Moscow/Leningrad: Molodaia Gvardiia, 1926. First edition; 6 x 8 1/2; pp. [2], 5-190, [2] including text to last page; original pictorial wraps; minor age-toning along margins of covers; few cuts and wrinkles to edges and corners; very faint penciled-in number to upper corner of front cover; most pages still unopened; illustrated; very good to near fine. 1 of 5000 copies. Beautiful Avant Garde cover art and illustrations by Russian Constructivist artist A. Suvorov. Prolific author and editor Lev Gumilevskii's young adult story of a small village on the banks of the Volga river, the struggles to cope with the aftermath of the Revolution, and the bravery of the small boy Egorka in his battle for justice with the all-powerful Village Council.


Gans iz Doliny Igrushek

By Morlei, Margaret

Moscow: Posrednik, 1930. Second edition; 5 3/4 x 9; pp. [2], 5-101, [3] including text to last page; original pictorial wraps; age-toning to margins of covers; some loss of paper to spine (pages and covers securely attached); thin closed vertical cut to tail of spine; illustrated with engravings and from paintings; previous owner's signature to title page; overall good to very good. 1 of 5000 copies. Incredibly bright and vibrant cover art by one of Russia's topmost Constructivism artists - Nikolai Troshin. He was artist-in-chief of 'USSR in Construction' Magazine and together with his wife Olga Deineko - also famous Avant Garde artist - they designed numerous posters, and children's and photography books. A beautiful edition of Margaret Morley's "Donkey John of the Toy Valley." Not in OCLC. Children's books of the period were typically printed in very large numbers, thus an edition of 5000 was extremely uncommon. Furthermore, the books were voraciously read and precious few have survived in good condition.


Bereg Faleza. Zapiski torgovtsa (The Beach of Falesa. A Trader’s Notes)

By Stivenson, R. L. (Stevenson, Robert Louis)

Moscow/Leningrad: Gosudarstvennoe Izdatel'stvo, 1927. Softcover. First Russian edition, 1 of 15 000 copies; 4 1/2 x 6 3/4; pp. [2], 3-80; original pictorial wraps; wear and rubbing to spine and edges with small loss of paper to head and tail; age-toning and occasional spots to covers; small number written to upper margin of front cover; pages mostly very clean; overall in good to very good condition.A beautiful first Russian appearance of Robert L. Stevenson's short story The Beach of Falesa, which was part of his collection Island Nights' Entertainments originally published in English in 1893. The interesting Avant Garde cover art was created by Isidor Aronovich Frantsuz - an important Jewish Constructivist architect, among whose accomplishments were the design of Lenin's Mausoleum and the Monument to the Soviet Hero. Not in OCLC or in the trade (as of January 2018).


Ledianye Nochi

By Rozenfel'd, Mikh.

Moscow: Molodaia Gvardiia, 1934. Second edition; 5 x 7; pp. [5], 6-172, [4]; original illustrated limp cloth covers; numerous illustrations from photographs; very minor wear and age-toning - practically near fine condition. Outstanding Avant Garde cover art by distinguished graphic artist Efim Pernikov. "Icy Nights" is Russian journalist Mikhail Rozenfeld's personal account of the Arctic rescue expedition of the icebreaker Malygin by EPRON (Special Operations Underwater Rescue Party).